SLS: Savage Garden

oscar kitten cat

I had a hard time deciding what to do today for the theme of Australian music. There are so many good bands from down under! But I finally decided upon Savage Garden, mostly because I like the name (comes from a line in The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice), love a few of their songs, and could use this cute pic of my cat Oscar for the image. Idk what happened to Oscar ultimately because I had to give him and Tasha away, as my daughter became violently allergic (she mostly outgrew the cat allergy, kinda, and is fine with doggos). Sad, but sometimes people have to come first. NOT OFTEN THOUGH. Anyway, thank you Jim for continuing to host the ever-popular Song Lyric Sunday.

Any time I need to see your face
I just close my eyes and I am taken to a place
Where your crystal mind and magenta feelings taken shelter
In the base of my spine, sweet like a chica cherry cola

I also had difficulty choosing between “Truly Madly Deeply” and the “Chica Cherry Cola” song (aka “I Want You”), but I went with CCC. Hard to resist these compellingly weird lyrics. Who even knows what they mean? His girlfriend has cola-flavored magenta feelings that hide out at the base of his spine? Sure, OK. This makes sense, but that may be because I took a valium an hour ago due to a whole pile of annoying things and I want to be a good mood to go eat pizza and play board games tonight. (I’m writing this on Saturday afternoon.)

I don’t need to try and explain, I just hold on tight
And if it happens again, I might move so slightly
To the arms and the lips and the face and the human cannonball
I need to, I want to come stand a little bit closer

Mm yes. Human cannonball. So Savage Garden was a pop duo consisting Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones, who formed the group in Brisbane, 1993. In May 1996, they released their first single, which was “I Want You,” from their debut album Savage Garden (1997). Darren and Daniel are listed as cowriters on the song. It was a hit in both Australia and the USA, and Savage Garden received an ARIA award nomination in the breakthrough artist category. Apparently, the song has a coded gay message, according to Darren, and is about being attracted to “male energy.” So nix my girlfriend sentence above. What do I know? Not much, as I said yesterday.

Oh, I want you, I don’t know if I need you
But oh, I would die to find out
Oh, I want you, I don’t know if I need you
But oh, I would die to find out

Regardless, I enjoy both the lyrics and the music. Hope you give it a listen if you don’t know it already!

PS: the duo disbanded in 2001 after only two albums and Hayes went on as a solo artist.

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22 responses to “SLS: Savage Garden

  1. Thank you for the reminder. I like Savage Garden, haven’t listened to them for quite some time.

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  2. I fairly regularly mishear song lyrics, and I remember wondering what on earth chicken cherry cola was…

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  3. I always find it so difficult to understand the lyrics in these songs that are sung so fast, but as you pointed out, when the song is good, it really doesn’t matter. Life is always better with a valium, and it was nice to meet your old cat, Oscar. Thanks for joining in again, Paula.

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  4. Great song!💃🏼🎶 I was gonna use the Kookaburra song. It’s a kids song, don’t know if you know it.
    I’m in “Spoon debt”… I may have to declare Spoon Bankruptcy… quel domage☹️

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  5. It heard these in years. Did have a record of theirs way back.

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  6. I love love this album and could listen to all over again. I like the words and the melodies

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  7. I’m a fan of “Affirmation” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFzZ-xpyfoo. Some really clever lyrics without feeling preachy and an infectiously upbeat melody.

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  8. I haven’t heard that in ages – great song!

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  9. I live Savage Garden. 😊

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  10. Super song! Cool video! Years ago I taped this song off the radio onto a cassette! haha 🙂

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  11. This used to be one of my favorite songs when I was a teenager 🙂

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  12. “I Want You” was my intro to the band and I got the album “Affirmation”. There are some amazingly poignant songs on there, and the whole album is worth a listen.

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